As China recovers from COVID-19, and hopes to stave off a second wave of infections, they’re testing people entering the country. Even with a low volume of international flights that’s led to long delays and frustrations entering the country.
China reported zero new domestically acquired cases on Wednesday. Their 34 new reported cases were all people who acquired the virus abroad.
As a result there’s a strong fear of foreigners. Just like I wrote about Asian American men being denied hotel rooms in the Midwest because “China” apparently Chinese won’t let Americans or other foreigners rent rooms either – and this includes hotels at Western chains like Marriott and Hilton according to New York Times correspondent Paul Mozur:
So it's super inconsistent. But I'd say about half of the thirty or so international hotel chains I've called around China in the past few days simply aren't accepting non-Chinese. No foreigners allowed. That includes a bunch of Marriotts and Hiltons. Wild.
— Paul Mozur 孟建国 (@paulmozur) March 19, 2020
I’ve reached out to both Hilton and Marriott and will update if either respond.
Update: Hilton disagrees and corporate policy, at least, is that they are welcoming all guests.